TUN 2015 Business Analytics Competition

Abstract due:                    April 1, 2015
Submission deadline:        June 1, 2015
Finalists notification:         July 1, 2015


Teradata University Network (TUN) is excited to announce our second annual Business Analytics Competition. The goal of the competition is to provide students with an opportunity to present their business analytics research or application cases to professionals in the Business Analytics community. During the 2015 Teradata PARTNERS Conference and Expo students selected for the competition finals will have the opportunity to showcase their findings through poster and formal presentations.

Event dates and location:

The 2015 Teradata PARTNERS Conference and Expo will occur in Anaheim, CA from October 18-22, 2015.  The formal and poster presentations will take place on October 18th and 19th.

Submission overview:

Submissions are encouraged from college or university undergraduate and graduate students. Submissions can be based on work done by a team, but should be submitted by one person.

Student submissions should consist of an extended abstract of up to two pages (approximately 800 words) and a draft visualization.  These materials should describe the core elements of the research, including the problem being solved, its significance, the approach adopted, and some key results. References do not count as part of the two page maximum. Your uploaded file must be in one of the following formats: PDF or MS Word.  In addition, one representative from each submission should complete the TUN Student Scholarship application which can be found on the Teradata University Network website.


After the initial round of submissions, the TUN Selection Committee will evaluate all submissions using the following criteria: originality of idea; quality of argumentation; writing quality; and overall contribution to new knowledge (pushing the boundaries). Undergraduate and graduate student submissions will be evaluated in separate categories.

Finalists will be invited to the conference where the competition will continue with students giving a short formal presentation of their research to conference members attending the academic track.  Later in the day, students will also present their poster presentations in the EXPO to all conference attendees.  Conference attendees will then vote for the top three presentations and winners will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the conference.


One member of all finalist teams will be awarded with a TUN PARTNERS Student Scholarship to cover the conference registration fee, conference meals, and gala events. Students will be responsible for their own travel costs.

Poster Session Submission Guidelines

April 1, 2015 Deadline

Abstract:  Your research project should be related to big data and/or analytics topics.  Please email the topic and a brief abstract of your research project to: AcademicPrograms.Teradata@Teradata.com.

June 1, 2015 Deadline

Email your extended abstract (approximately 800 words, details below) and a summary visualization to: AcademicPrograms.Teradata@Teradata.com. (.pdf or MS Word)

Submission Contents: The submission for the TUN Business Analytics Competition should contain:

Page 1

1. Title

2. Author(s): Poster authors do not undergo blind review, so your submission should include as much of the following information as possible: name, affiliation, contact information (e.g., address, phone number, and email address, www address, etc.) Email is the preferred method of contact.

3. Faculty Advisor: If applicable.

Pages 2 and 3 (approximately 800 words)

1. Summary: Provide a succinct paragraph describing your project (a maximum of 100 words) that can be used for promotion at the conference.

2. Problem and Motivation: Describe the problem being addressed.  Explain the significance of the problem and your reasons for seeking a solution to this problem.  Finally, justify why it is relevant to your research field.

3. Background and Related Work:  Discuss any specialized and relevant background necessary to appreciate the work. Include references to the literature where appropriate, and briefly explain how your work is different from related work. Reference lists do not count towards the limit on the length of the abstract and should be included at the very end of the paper.

4. Approach and Uniqueness:Describe your approach to attacking the problem and how it is novel.

5. Results and Contributions: Describe how the results of your work relate to the fields of data warehousing, data science/analytics, marketing or computer science. Pay specific attention to the significance of those results.

6. Current student work: Submissions for the competition should describe the results of recently completed or ongoing work/research conducted by the individual student/team.

Page 4

1. Visualization summary: Example(s) of project visualization completed to date

Page 5

1. References/Citations

Eligibility Criteria

1. Participants must be enrolled in a university or college during submission and in October, 2015.

2. Only original individual/team work/research will be accepted for consideration. Individuals who are part of a group research project can submit and present the group’s research project with other group members’ permission.

3. Only one author of each submission selected as a finalist is eligible to present at PARTNERS. Multiple people cannot formally present the same poster during the track session, but if other team members are attending, they can present in the open EXPO presentations.

4. One student from each team must complete a TUN Student Scholarship Application.

A PDF flyer for this competition is available here.